Harper government unveils space exploration technology

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), unveiled Canada's contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope on 25 July 2012. This Telescope is billed as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

The CSA is contributing a two-in-one instrument that will direct the telescope precisely, allowing it to study stars and planets forming in other stellar systems. This made-in-Canada technology is scheduled to be delivered to America’s NASA for integration into the Webb telescope on July 30.

"Canada has a proud legacy in space and we are once again pushing the frontier of what is possible. These two outstanding technologies are perfect examples of how Canada has secured its world-class reputation," said Minister Paradis. "Our Government is committed to ensuring the long-term competitiveness and prosperity of such a vital economic sector."

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